Purchasing Assistant

Purchasing Assistant

Posted 1 month ago

We are looking for someone who thrives in a fast paced, growing and sometimes ambiguous environment where it’s not just about getting things done – it’s also about “how” you get things done and help others to do the same.
Reporting into the Head of Buying you will be a reliable and precise professional proactively contacting supplier’s, expediting orders and ensuring due dates are maintained whilst building strong supplier relationships and supporting our sales team.

This is a varied, challenging and wide-ranging role, so If you are able to establish trust and credibility and are excited about being an impetus to drive change then we want you to be part of our talented team!

This opportunity might be for you if:

  • You enjoy solving problems. You love taking on difficult challenges and finding creative solutions
  • You don’t get flustered easily. If you don’t know the answer, you’ll dig untill you find it
  • You are patient, level headed and cool under pressure
  • You pay attention to detail. As far as you are concerned, anything worth doing is worth doing right, every single time

A typical day:

  • Liaising with supplier contacts and supporting our day-to-day activities (typically inside sales team) to resolve order fulfilment issues. These would include: shipping delays; mis-ships; pricing discrepancies and expediting of all orders
  • Purchase order preparation and placement
  • Requesting supplier quotations for sales team
  • Take ownership of supplier issues and look for process and efficiency improvements
  • Maintain and update accurate due dates for delivery of products
  • Purchasing consumables used in the refurbishment process (liaising with Technical Operations and Head Buyer) including cables/rackmounts /blanking panels
  • Collaborating with internal departments to ensure that the customer’s purchase order requirement is understood
  • Establish and maintain strong and trusting relationships with suppliers

What you need:

  • Ambitious, looking to progress career further
  • Single minded approach to order expediting
  • Excellent telephone skills
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated
  • Service orientated
  • Ability to deal with unplanned situations effectively
  • Methodical and accurate – naturally enjoying attention to detail
  • Commercial awareness
  • A good understanding of MS Office
  • Purchasing Administration experience preferable


  • 23 days holiday +BH + 1 day per 1 full year of service capped at 28 days
  • Company GSIPP Pension
  • Private Healthcare
  • MetLife health and wellbeing support
  • Health shield cash plan (incl. dental, optical, chiropody, physiotherapy, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, 24 hour helpline for Health, legal & counselling)
  • Income Protection Scheme
  • Group Life Assurance
  • Cycle to work Scheme
  • Free annual Flu Jabs
  • Free Parking
  • Free month end lunches
  • Free breakfast and fruit daily
  • Summer BBQ’s, themed parties!


Competitive + bonus


Kemble, GL7 6BQ, Gloucestershire, UK.


40 hours a week

*** You can apply online, or if you prefer, please send your CV via email to eddie.murray@hardware.com ***

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